Monday, 3 February 2014

More 'Watchman' reviews

I'm so delighted that 'The Watchman' is receiving some wonderful comments and reviews.

See another one here from Milo's Rambles review site. A lovely review and clearly done with a lot of thought. Thank you, Miles

See an interview here by John Forrester of The Crime Scene website. John put some searching and interesting questions that really get into the nuts and bolts of what makes writers write a particular story.

And finally, a review below, for which I state an acknowledged interest. (I've never met David Bremner, but my wife works for the association of which he's Chairman). As the body in the UK which knows all there is to know about microlights (one has a rather crucial role in 'The Watchman', for which I got technical advice from CEO, Geoff Weighell) I was very pleased that David offered to read and review the book. 'Highly recommended.' You can't get better than that!

Review
First, a confession. Author Adrian Magson’s wife, Ann, is the BMAA’s accountant, and I was worried that if I did a bad review, I might never get my expenses paid.
In fact, there’s no problem. This is an excellent airport book, with loads of action that’s fast enough and entertaining enough that you aren’t tempted to stop and work out the precise technical details. And the microlight has been checked out by no less than Geoff Weighell, so you can be quite confident that bit’s technically correct, and Geoff’s assistance is acknowledged at the front of the book.
Adrian Magson specialises in spy and crime fiction, based on a number of heroes; Harry Tate, Gavin and Palmer and Lucas Rocco, each of whom has a number of books in the series. The Watchman introduces another hero, Marc Portman, an ex-military man who operates as a subcontractor for various clients, including, in this case, a senior man in SIS who hires him unofficially to keep an eye on two regular field operatives in an operation involving Somali pirates and al-Shabaab.

Having previously worked as a sales manager for a publishing company, Adrian clearly knows what works in books, and does so very professionally, since it is now his full-time profession; something achieved only by a very select few!
Don’t expect tons of introspection and deep insight into the human predicament here; the action starts on page one, and never lets up. Marc Portman is a sort of 21st century self-employed James Bond.

I’m sure Adrian won’t mind my slightly regretting the relatively limited rĂ´le for the microlight, but I have to say this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book one bit.

Highly recommended.
David Bremner - Chairman - British Microlight Aircraft Association
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Thank you to John, Miles and David for their excellent and encouraging words. Is it raining? Is it cold?

Who cares!

'The Watchman' - signed h/b edition available from Goldsboro Books London - delivery anywhere.

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    On the Day of Pentecost Peter quoted the prophet Joel (Acts 2:21'And it shall be that everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

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    The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the "sinner's prayer." Saying the "sinner's prayer" is not calling on the name of the Lord.

    Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 ....."Brethren what shall we do?")
    Peter did not tell them to say the "sinner's prayer." What was Peter's response to their question? (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)


    THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
    1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
    2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
    3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
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    HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40


    1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
    2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
    3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
    The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.


    Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


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    We are never told we are saved by "faith only." We are never told that saying the "sinner's prayer" is calling on the name of the Lord.


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    5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
    6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
    7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
    8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
    9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
    10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
    11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
    12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
    13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
    14. Repentance: Acts 3:19


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